Guilty Until Proven Innocent: False Allegations of Domestic Violence

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: False Allegations of Domestic Violence

Brian Burwell


Tesc; Oct 2011

AOJ-102-OL009: Intro to Criminal Justice



This paper examines the prevalence of false allegations of domestic violence within the criminal justice system; detailing how the accused are often viewed as guilty until they are proven innocent. In Part I, I will reveal the problems associated with false allegations of domestic violence, and why this topic is of importance to me. Part II will examine the flawed responses to these accusations that pervade the criminal justice system. Part III will explicate the incentives by vindictive people to make such claims – e.g. winning a divorce case, or receiving custody of the children. Part IV will review the statistical analysis of false domestic violence claims, and outline the cost to not only the accused, but the government as well. Lastly, in Part V I will summarize the topic by arguing that laws should be changed to reflect that some individuals use false allegations of domestic violence in a malicious manner, and that they should be dealt with accordingly.

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Part I. Statement of the Problem………………………………………………………….4
Part II. Flawed Judicial System………………………………………………………….4…...

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